John Livingstone-Learmonth has dedicated most of his life to writing and talking about the wines of the Rhône, since he first visited its vineyards and estates in June 1973. He has published four books on the Rhône – his approach in his first was called ‘new journalism’ by John Arlott in The Guardian, ‘as it involved letting growers talk about their outlook and a more precise appraisal of wines than had been the case before’. His fourth book, The Wines of the Northern Rhône, won the Louis Roederer International Book prize in 2006, and was commended in the André Simon Awards. He has also written on the wines of the Loire, Beaujolais and Bordeaux, with articles published in a broad range of British magazines, and he contributes to annuals such as the Hugh Johnson Pocket Wine Book and Wine Atlas, and the Oz Clarke Wine Atlas and Pocket Book. He has given talks and tastings in Britain, the US, France, Australia and Asia, and tasted on Panels including the Mâcon and San Francisco Wine Fairs. He is an Honorary Citizen of the Rhône village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and a close follower of the Turf, having been The Daily Telegraph Racing Hero of the Year 2000.